Friday, January 20, 2012

Michigan Friday: Setting the Table for NSD

Ok, Big House Blog Inmates it's time to check the invite list for the remaining 4 spots for Michigan's Football Dinner party on 2/1.

The Big Eaters/Offensive Lineman:

#1:  Josh Garnett - Down to Standford and Michigan.  Coach Hoke will be in home with Josh and family this weekend.   Josh will announce his decision next Thursday at 6:30 EST.   Both schools are as strong as they come academically and Josh's biggest question with Stanford is: Can they stay on top with out Harbaugh and Andrew Luck?  Distance is not a factor. 

#2: Jordan Diamond - This recruitment has been a roller coaster ride.  After his junior year it looked like Jordan was a lock to Ann Arbor.  He must have visited 4 or 5 times.   Then it seemed things cooled as other OL's committed to the Wolverines.   Jordan was in town last weekend and the visit went really well and there was even a rumor/tweet by Ondre Pipkins that Michigan just landed another top recruit and his hint was Kay Jewelers.  The recruiting sites are saying Jordan did not commit, but things sound positive.   Jordan is taking 2 more visits to Arkansas and Wisconsin before signing day and is planning a big signing day announcement party.

#3: Alex Kozan - Could announce at any time and has Michigan in his top 3.  The word on the street is that Iowa leads.   Michigan is looking at Alex at center.  

If you throw the salt he will catch it:

Sam Grant:  TE from Ohio that has been hot with late.  He is 3 stars but has come big offers from BC, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Michigan.  His teammate and good friend Kyle Kalis is Blue, will Sam be as well?  If Distance is a factor then Sam should be blue, I am hearing he liked Oklahoma as well.  I would expect a decision some time next week.

If you throw the salt to the wrong person, he will knock it down

Armani Reeves: 4 star DB that is committed to PSU.   I'm sure he is conflicted on what to do and has visited Michigan and OSU in the last week.   The Michigan coaches want him in this class and made him the #1 priority on the last spot on defense in this class.  I think he will take all the time he can right up to NSD to make a decision.    Michigan will be in home with him this weekend, so we will see what happens from here.  I also expect he might take another visit to Happy Valley before the 2nd. 

Recruiting Questions:

Do you expect any new names or NSD surprises?  At this point, I do not.  The above names seem to be the only prospects Michigan is looking at.

Would Michigan take 2 lineman out of Garnett, Diamond and Kozan?:  I believe they would.  They are announcing at different times, so I expect Michigan will have a good idea on how it might go down before signing day. 

What happens if Michigan gets shut out on all the guys above?  Not probable but it could happen.  If that did happen, I think the coaches would extend a late offer to instate lineman, Dan Gibbs who has offers from Ball State and EMU.  Dan is 6'7 320 pounds.   I would also scrach my head on why they couldn't find room for Arnett.


uncle ron said...

I'm saying it's going to be Garnett, Diamond, Reeves and Grant....just saying.

Voice of Reason said...

Ron, from your mouth to God's ear!
Go Blue!!!

uncle ron said...

"Let it be said, let it be done Voice".....

Bob said...

That would be a great finish!

Lionman said...

That would be so friggin' awesome if UM landed all four...Go Blue!!!